The Purple Gang: Organized Crime in Detroit 1910-1945
The Purple Gang was a loosely organized confederation of mobsters who dominated the Detroit underworld and whose tentacles reached across the country. Beginning in the Prohibition Era, the Purple Gang prevailed in distilling alcohol and running liquor from Canada, kidnapping, and labor racketeering. This is the hitherto untold story of the rise and fall of one of American'...more
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The gang eventually self-destructed, wiping each other out as the more powerful Mafia took a wider hold across the country. Th ...more